how to pronounce seed


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seed is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of seed in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… got stored in the seed vault what are we …”

meanings of seed


  1. (countable) The initial state, condition or position of a changing, growing or developing process; the ultimate precursor in a defined chain of precursors.
  2. An amount of seeds that cannot be readily counted.
  3. Any small seed-like fruit.
  4. A fertilized and ripened ovule, containing an embryonic plant.
  5. A small bubble formed in imperfectly fused glass.
  6. Offspring, descendants, progeny.
  7. Race; generation; birth.
  8. The initial position of a competitor or team in a tournament. (seed position).
  9. Initialization state of a pseudorandom number generator. (seed number).
  10. Commercial message in a creative format placed on relevant sites on the Internet. (seed idea or seed message).
  11. Any propagative portion of a plant which may be sown, such as true seeds, seed-like fruits, tubers, or bulbs.
  12. The competitor or team occupying a given seed. (seed position).
  13. Semen.
  14. A precursor.
  15. A fragment of coral.


  1. To plant or sow an area with seeds.
  2. Simple past tense and past participle of see.
  3. To be qualified to compete, especially in a quarter-final, semi-final, or final.
  4. To allocate a seeding to a competitor.
  5. To leave (files) available for others to download through peer-to-peer file sharing protocols (e.g. BitTorrent).
  6. To produce seed.
  7. To grow to maturity.
  8. To start; to provide, assign or determine the initial resources for, position of, state of.
  9. To ejaculate inside the penetratee during intercourse, especially in the rectum.
  10. To cover thinly with something scattered; to ornament with seedlike decorations.


  1. A surname​.

seed frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word seed occurs in english on average 27.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics seed can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that seed can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

words with pronunciation similar to seed


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